Homework & Research Help for Teens

Homework Tips

There are loads of resources to help you with your homework. Library databases have lots of useful information that’s not necessarily available through Google. Plus, you know you can trust this information. Many websites can also help you with your homework, but make sure you’re safe while surfing the Internet, that the websites you find are from reliable sources, and learn how to cite those sources.

Library Databases

The databases here have lots of information not typically available through the Internet.

To log in:

username: pilot
password: mound

Canadian Reference Centre – Access “Canadian content” in domestic and international magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books. Also includes biographies and a large image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

EBSCOhost Research Databases [EBSCO] – Search the content of more than 10,000 popular and academic magazines, reference books, plus images, covering all subject areas, from current events and history to the arts and sciences. Many Canadian titles are included. Narrow results by date, subject, publication, etc. Includes:

  • MasterFILE Premier
  • MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection
  • New World Encyclopedia
  • Academic Search Premier
Explora Canada – Information for students of all ages on a wide variety of topics, from history and current events to science and technology. Search a variety of sources such as magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more.
Canadian Points of View – Containing resources that present multiple sides of a current issue — including information on key topics of interest to Canadian researchers. This database helps students develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Websites

The following websites that have been reviewed by librarians and are recommended as good starting points to help with your homework:
Smithsonian Learning Lab "More than a million images, recordings, and texts from the Smithsonian's 19 museums, 9 major research centers, and the national zoo. It is easy to find something of interest because search results display pictures rather than lists. Whether you’ve found what you were looking for or just discovered something new, it's easy to personalize it. Add your own notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and save and share."
Khan Academy “Learn almost anything for free.” - 3300 videos explain many subjects.
Ask Dr. Math The Math Forum
Kindergarten to Grade 12 | Manitoba Education Provides loads of support topics, including curriculum and assessment, diverse student needs, and more.
Multnomah County Library Homework Guides - This site is a great resource for homework guides on a variety of topics.
GradeSaver Study guides and essay help.
Youth.gc.ca Youth.gc.ca is all about helping youth 15 to 30 years of age. It is THE place to tap into a wide variety of information.
Community Learning Network Educational resources for K-12 arranged by category with over 1,200 links. Includes links to Home Pages of schools around the world.
Smart Scholar Resource site for finding scholarships.

Can You Trust That Website?

Anyone can build a website, so you need to make sure the ones you’re looking at are from people you can trust. Here’s how...
Evaluating Information Sources From UBC
Evaluating Websites A checklist [PDF]

Internet Safety

Internet Safety Resources Created by the RCMP
Internet Saftey from MediaSmarts Topics range from cyberbullying, cell phones & texting, Internet & mobile, queer representation, and more...

Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography

What’s a bibliography?
It’s a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report.
Why do I need a bibliography?
It’s important to give credit to the people whose work you used for your report. And it gives you, your teacher and anyone else who reads your report a chance to refer to those sources for more information.
How do I write a bibliography?
There are different ways you can do this and your teacher will tell you which they prefer (if they haven’t, just ask them).
Write a Bibliography By infoplease

Looking for more information?

Check our Teens page for more information on library programs for teens and other websites to help support teens as they grow up.